There is a band that I was an avid admirer of when I was in high school called Our Lady Peace. I had my iPod on random this morning when one of their songs came on. One of the lyrics is:
Happiness is not a fish
That you can catch
Imagination can’t resist
Of course, as my brain does, it started analyzing the lyrics. I believe that its true, happiness is not a fish that you can catch. It’s an emotion that you have to want more than the sulky, depression that is much easier to allow yourself to slip into. After all, I’ve found recently that it’s easier to be upset and depressed as those emotions are not only mind consuming, but bodily consuming; whereas, you have to put a concerted effort towards being happy. You have to find the good in things, you have to look past the bad and you have to want happiness. It’s not some tangible object, such as a fish, that is just happily waiting for you to pick it up, love it, hold it and call it a friend. Happiness is an emotion that you have to want to work for.
Pessimism is easier than optimistic, this I am sure of. At least, I’m sure of it in my life. It’s easier to be angry, bitter, and depressed. Happiness is like a seed: it’s so small and fragile, but if it’s fostered with love, water and soil it can grow into a tree that will provide you with comfort, love and happiness.
Happiness is not a fish you can catch, it’s an emotion that you have to want and want to work at.